$1 million in renovations planned for Burlington’s North Park

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — North Park has a long history in the east Burlington community.

About a million dollars in improvements are planned for the park. At the city council meeting Tuesday evening, council voted to approve funding for one phase of it, which will cost nearly half a million dollars.

The upgrades to the park are a long-time goal of City Councilman Celo Faucette.

“Back in the segregation days, this was the only park that we were able to come to,” he recalled. “It was just an absolutely beautiful place to come back then.”

Faucette said, since then, the park has become dated and in need of repair.

Planned improvements include updates to the pool, basketball court, parking lot and walking trails, as well as adding a soccer field and fence.

The North Park Farmers Market, which started in April, has already brought an increased crowd to the park.

“I grew up in this neighborhood,” farmers market customer Monica Miles said. “I feel like I’ve seen a lot of people from this area and from other areas that want to come out and get fresh producer. It’s been exciting to see that it’s growing.”

A historically lower-income and under-served community, Faucette said upgrades to the park could provide a needed community space.

“This is a prime example of bringing East Burlington back to life,” Faucette said. “It gives the citizens more pride in this area of town.”

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